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Why did the Toronto politicians cross the road?

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Why did the Toronto politicians cross the road?

Laying hens will soon call Toronto home, thanks to The Most Important City on the Planet recently lifting a ban on backyard fowl in four of its wards. That any mammal — human, chicken, lawyer or otherwise — can find a way to live in a city where the average home mortgage term is only slightly shorter than the time it takes coal to become a diamond, is encouraging.

And I recognize the allure of raising hens for low-income families — especially those hoping to save money by honing their cooking skills. Eggs are very forgiving. Screw up one egg recipe and you have 11 more chances to correct it. (Mind you, screw it up a second time, and it’s probably time to crack open that box of Pop Tarts for supper).

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Desire or pressure: What motivates us to get out of bed and work?

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Desire or pressure: What motivates us to get out of bed and work?
Can we have self-interest that is socially useful?

Three days ago, we ran a story called ‘Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week.’ At last count, more than 52,000 people had read it, a huge number for an online news magazine not even two months old.

Why did this story strike such a nerve?

Is it because the people who read it want to work there? Or did they know someone else who needed a job and so shared it with friends? Is it because they couldn’t believe it was true – that such a large percentage of younger people couldn’t handle, or didn’t want, full-time work?

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Folk rocker Bruce Cockburn headlines Academy Theatre in May

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Bruce Cockburn headlines Academy in May
Bruce Cockburn.

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as Canada’s Bruce Cockburn, who headlines Lindsay’s Academy Theatre on May 4.

Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums, including Dart to the Heart and The Charity of Night. This fall he released his 33rd album, Bone on Bone.

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Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week

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Mariposa Dairy, Armada Toolworks create new jobs with Provincial grants
Bruce Vandenberg, Mariposa Dairy.

Have jobs, will train. One of the Lindsay area’s largest private employers, Mariposa Dairy, is having trouble finding committed employees who want to work a full five days a week – at least in the 18-35 age bracket.

Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy along with his wife, Sharon, estimates that 30-40 per cent of the younger people they hire as general labourers don’t work out, mainly because of “misplaced priorities,” according to Vandenberg.

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Two Kawartha Lakes’ paramedics receive exemplary service medals

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Two Kawartha Lakes paramedics receive exemplary service medals
Mike Neville, top, and Gene Pugilese, bottom.

Gene Pugliese and Mike Neville, two Kawartha Lakes paramedics, recently walked away with exemplary service medals from the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs 2017 annual general meeting in Ottawa.

The exemplary service medal recognizes pre-hospital emergency medical service professionals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, with the highest standard of good conduct, industry and efficiency for more than 20 years.

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Hank, the starfish, and the poverty in front of us

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Hank, the starfish, and the poverty in front of us

One day, a man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, sir.”

The man chuckled. “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

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KLH Housing on better financial footing, big projects planned

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New audio equipment makes Council meetings more accessible

On the eve of significant housing projects taking shape next year, the Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing Corporation (KLH Housing Corp) is in better financial shape than ever.

That’s thanks mainly to real estate sell-offs and finding operational efficiencies, according to the affordable housing corporation.

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Ferreri entertains full house at Small Business Week breakfast

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Social media influencer, Michelle Ferreri, entertained a packed Small Business Week breakfast for the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.

A Canadian vlogger and content creator, Ferreri was a former CHEX TV personality but moved and adapted her brand to the Internet in 2014 and never looked back.

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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter

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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter
Lorrie Polito and Dave Tilley of A Place Called Home.

At Lindsay’s homeless shelter, more people are driving themselves to get there these days.

That’s not a good sign according to Lorrie Polito, the executive director of ‘A Place Called Home,’ Lindsay’s 19-bed shelter.

Having a car suggests some level of income from having a job. It’s a sign of the desperation of the so-called ‘working poor,’ those who are employed on some level but yet not making enough to get by.

“There’s not a lot of quality jobs left in Lindsay,” says Dave Tilley, operations manager at A Place Called Home.

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Frost students out in cold as union fights precarious work

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Frost students out in cold as union fights precarious work
Audrey Healy, right, says it's time for better work for contract faculty.

It’s 8:40 am on the coldest day of fall so far this year. There should be scores of students entering Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay for classes.

Instead, a thin picket line of resolve has formed across the campus driveway and 2,000 students in Lindsay have been left out of class in a battle about job quality for college instructors. Keep Reading

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